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.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, in the last 24 hours, at times like this, frankly all of any president's public appearances have a higher than normal potential to make real news. so we are going to be monitoring the president's campaign speech, and if he makes comments about the protests in libya, we will bring that to you. the president just sat down with an interview with jose diaz balart, the host of telemundo on our sister network. excerpts of this interview are going to air on telemundo tomorrow morning and also ton their nightly news show jose diaz balart at 6:30 p.m. but what we've got right now is exclusive. with you're about to see here has not been seen anywhere until now. this is the president of the united states, giving his first extended response to questions about yesterday's events in benghazi, libya and in cairo, egypt. >> mr. president, for the first time since 1979, a sitting ambassador, christopher stevens, plus three other americans were killed in the line of duty. we send more than a billion dollars a year to egypt, tens of millions to libya after its liberation.
.s. consulate in been gaza that killed -- benghazi that killed four american citizens. the two confirmed thus far among the dead are slawn smith, an air force veteran turned information management officer and ambassador chris stevens, one of america's finest and bravest foreign service officers. i didn't know sean smith, i know he's a great american who served his country, but i had gotten to know chris stevens quite well. and ambassador chris stevens' death, the libyan people have lost a champion and believer in the peaceful aspirations of their democratic revolution. the american people have lost a selfless and dedicated servant of our interests and our values, and i have lost a friend. my thoughts and prayers today are with chris' family and the loved ones of his fallen colleagues. my god grant them comfort in their time of grief. our most urge vent -- urgent order of business is now is to ensure our citizens in libya and egypt and elsewhere across the world are safe. americans look to the government in libya and egypt and elsewhere to meet their responsibilities in this regard. we also lo
a rolein his vulnerability is that ambassador stevens was something of a hero to the people of benghazi. he was stationed there throughout the conflict. he really provided eager and important support to the rebels who were trying to oust colonel moammar qaddafi when that fight was going on. he's somebody who's seen around town not necessarily with a heavy guard eating local food at local places, hanging out with local people. he's friends with a number of sheikhs, with many of the prominent local iellectuals. i think he had reason to believ the city of benghazi really had his back, that he was very welcome there. >> rose: continuing on the subject of libya, i talked earlier today by telephone from geneva with former secretary general of the united nations kofi annan. what should we worry about when you see the kinds of demonstrations we have seen in cairo and the more lethal consequences in libya about a response to a privately produced film that has nothing to do with america or the american government. >> think that those kinds of incidents first of all shows that the it was how individua
cocktails. the protests follow tuesday night's storming of the was consulate in the libyan city of benghazi that left the u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three staffers dead. on wednesday, president obama vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the killings, which he said would not repeat ties between u.s. and libya. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. the world must stand at a to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so. this attack will not break the bonds between u.s. and libya. >> the obama administration has dispatched an elite group of marines to the libyan capital of tripoli and six u.s. warships toward the libyan coast in a bid to ramp up security of u.s. personnel. we'll have more on the protests throughout the middle east after the headlines. the response to the deadly attack in libya has entered the presidential campaign after republican nominee mitt romney is the tragedy to attack president obama. ho
.s. consulate in benghazi where as in egypt their new president took quite a while to issue any form of statement. and did so on facebook. remember his movement is tied in with muslim brotherhood as well. they had called, the muslim brotherhood called for a second and third day of protests against that anti-muslim video that set off the riots to begin with. >> interesting to note there were also demonstrations denouncing, by muslims in these countries, denouncing this kind of violence. >> particularly in libya. >> yes. >> yes. many because chris stevens loved the country and, loved helping them with the revolution and freeing them from gadhafi's reign. >> ambassador christopher stevens remembered as a model diplomat. his name and those of the three americans died in the attack will be etched on a wall at the state department. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. [ speaking foreign language ] >> my name is christopher
americans. in benghazi, libya, visiting the ruins, charlie what did you see? >> reporter: well, nora, ruins is a good way to describe it, because the place has been decimated. every single building, every single room has been torched, everything inside smashed to pieces or taken out. really, there would have been no place to hide in that compound. when you talk to libyans here you hear the same thing. everybody is heartbroken. they're saddened, shocked by what's happened. they say that they're ashamed of what's happened. they say the ambassador is a personal friend to the libyans. he was here for growth, to show there is a stable future forelibya, ironically, and they held a pro-american rally last night here in benghazi to reinforce those sentiments. so, you know, even days after this event, there is a sense of shock, of anger at those behind it, and the investigation now continues to find out who was behind these killings. the libyans tell me this was directed by al qaeda. this could not have come out of anger from the libyan people. >> charlie, will we see a coordination between the fbi
terrorist groups were behind an attack in libya. gunmen stormed the consulate in the city of benghazi, they killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. officials say the gun men started shooting and throwing bombs. the building went up in flames. the attack continued for more than four hours. government officials described the assault as elaborate and said the fbi and libya are looking into the possibility that terrorist groups were involved. the attack fell on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. marine corps commanders are sending the anti-terrorist unit to the libyan capital and strengthen security around american diplomatic facilities. >>> the members of the security council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations. >> german ambassador is the current president of the council and said the council called on all u.n. members. to protect foreign diplomatic missions. and secretary general said in a statement that nothing justifies the brutal violence in benghazi. >>> libyans had staged protests outside a consulate before the attac
allies and presumably this group that attacked the amecan consulate in benghazi yesterday. i understand that the results of some of the first elections of -- are unclear, in some sense unsettled to some people here, but the fact is they've chosen democracy. and people are self-governing and they're looking for a better life, and that's exactly the posite of what bin laden, al qaeda, and i would guess the people who killed chris stevens yesterday dire. so senator mccain is absolutely right, this is the day -- i can almost hear chris stevens saying, come on, get up, stay in the fight; don't surrender to the crazies, to the fanatics, to the violent extremists. stand with the overwhelming majority, with the people of libya who want just what we want, a better future for themselves and their families. mr. mccain: i'd just like to say in conclusion i thank my old, dear friend from connecticut and the senator from south carolina. and i finally would just share with my colleagues, on last july 7th, i was in tripoli with chris stevens and it was the first free and fair election the libyan people
. the powder keg is still conserving its powder, it seems. ironical ironically, benghazi remained pretty calm, perhaps the libyan government's quick crack down on perpetrators, a number have been arrested already. there's a man hunt going on if you believe what you hear from the libyan government. that's perhaps had an affect on tamping down the tension in benghazi. but the u.s. government's taking no chances. all u.s. diplomatic personnel evacuated to tripoli and only emergency staff being kept on at the embassy in the capital. as you mentioned in cairo, it's been another -- on the third day of protests -- another active day but not a lot of death -- no deaths spo-to-speak of. not too many people have been injured. so perhaps a second degree level of violence. overnight dramatic scenes near the u.s. embassy, which is about 500 yards behind me down the road next to the mosque, riot police charging forward, firing tear gas, trying in vain to disperse a crowd. this cat and mouse stand-off went on all day today. expecting to see it again later on. now the biggest concern, as you alluded to, is t
benghazi remained calm today. if you look at it, perhaps the libyan government's quick crackdown there on those alleged perpetrators. four individuals were arrested today. there's a manhunt going on that might have had a tamping-down effort. even there in benghazi, the u.s. government is taking no chances. we understand that all u.s. personnel has now been or have been evacuated to tripoli and only emergency staff are kept at the embassy here. here in cairo it's another 24 hours of protests against that made in usa anti-islam film. overnight last night some dramatic scenes near the u.s. embassy which is 400 or 500 yards behind me. protestors seen throwing stones at riot police, charging back. they are firing tear gas to disperse the crowds. this cat and mouse standoff has gone on all day long since dawn. there's not a further breach of the u.s. embassy grounds. that's the good news, but it has remained violent. at least 224 have been treated so far according to the ministry of health. now, all eyes are turned to tomorrow, of course, friday prayers. egyptian president morsi has ca
and three other americans. the gunmen fired into the consulate in the city of benghazi. they threw handmade bombs into the compound, sparking fires. demonstrators in inn libya and elsewhere in the middle east have staged protests against a film made in the u.s. protesters say it blasphemes the prophet muhammad. >> the united states condemns in the strongest determines this attack. we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> obama said the attack will not break the bonds between the countries. the president of libya's national assembly apologized at a news conference in tripoli. mohammad garias acknowledged that film insulted the prophet muhammad. still, he said retaliatory attack cannot be tolerated. the film at the heart of the protests has angered people across the middle east. it depicts the prophet muhammad and includes scenes of sexuality. hundreds of egyptians protested for a second day in front of the u.s. embassy in cairo. authorities have sent in more security forces to watch them. >> translator: i'm deeply hurt, seeing the pr
particularly in libya and egypt. he wrote what's happen inning cairo and benghazi is a case of political opportunism by salafist islamic extrooemists who are unhappy with the success that more moderate islamist and secular in egypt and libya have had in building political support. do you agree with that statement? >> absolutely. there's a lot of intraislamic competition like the muslim brotherhood trying to take leadership in the arab world and coming to the political rise in egypt and spreading. and also the more extremely actors who also have more space to operate in the post-arab spring world. there are other broader, strategic exploitations taking place in response to this video. egypt is a really good case study for that. just looking at how many different players are nervous about the transformation with egypt with much of the old guard retiring and now the islamists asserts themselves. you have christians very nervous about that. you have elements of the military not happy with the situation. here lies an opportunity to try to make the muslim brotherhood-led government appear more
of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in benghazi this week. but as we've mentioned, the protests continue in other parts of the arab world. jim continues our coverage from cairo, where there are new calls for protests. >> reporter: benghazi remained fairly calm today. perhaps the libyan government's quick crackdown on alleged perpetrators, four individuals have reportedly been arrested. and a manhunt is ongoing for others. the u.s. government is taking no chances. all u.s. diplomatic personnel have been evacuated to tripoli, and only emergency staff is being kept on at the embassy there. meanwhile, here in cairo, it has been another interesting day, another 24 hours of protests against the made in usa anti-islam film. last night, some very dramatic scenes near the u.s. embassy clashes between protesters throwing stones, riot police charging those protesters, firing tear gas, trying to disperse the crowd. there has not been a further breach of the u.s. embassy grounds. that is the good news. but it has remained violent. at least 224 injured, have needed treatment so
for what is being called a full day of anti-american protests tomorrow. and in benghazi and libya, reports that libyan authorities have arrested four men suspected of taking part in tuesday's attack on the u.s. consulate, resulting in the murder of our ambassador, christopher stephens and three other americans. as you can see, unrest and demonstrations in the middle east are spreading. in what appears to be an organized series of protests and demonstrations, protesters have showed up at our embassies in tunisia, morocco, sudan, bangladesh, and yemen as well. the american embassy stormed by a group of protesters and turned back. an unusual alliance has taken hold in iraq. shia muslims have been working together with sunnis and their protest against the united states. they have joined forces as they chant death to america in the streets of baghdad. as those protests progressed over the last few days, president obama and his administration struggling to even define our relationship with some of those countries, including egypt. president obama, who refused to take questions from the white hou
owe everything to the united states of america. he said benghazi would have been completely lost were it not for the crites of america and what it is that we did to bring about the kind of liberation they so desperately needed having been repressed for 42 years under gaddafi. he went on to say that as we look at libya, it's important to note that the tragic murder of ambassador stevens did not come from the people of libya, it came from individuals. a few individuals. he said the people of libya love the american people. and revere the american people. you know, i suspect that as we're talking about russian pntr, that the same thing exists in russia. because they're living with great oppression. they're living with what is little more than an authoritarian dictatorship with the crony capitalism and violations of human rights we're seeing but mr. speaker, the people of russia and i know many russians, we all do, they have great respect and love for us as well. so again, our goal is to bring to an end repressive policies and use, as my friend so eloquently said, the economic strength of
.s. ambassador was killed in benghazi. mike baker joins us, former covert operations officer with the cia, head of diligence to moguls to carry from. let me start with a question, if i can, about security. some people have brought up the fact, was there as much security as they needed to be at some of these indices from what you've seen of the last couple of days to make >> again, hindsight, it's terrific. it would have been wise to have beefed up security. in all honesty in libya where we know associates are operating, where there are tremendous amounts of hardware, weaponry on the streets so from the revolution when they are resort opened up and pilfered. just a general operating in firming, still trying to form a government. they should have been significantly more security on the ground. at this point after such a sad event, you know, you have to review, look. we have to prevent this in the future. charles: the sow will be talking about. after we talk about the response to want to get to as low. your other area of expertise to my intelligence and what we should have known about this, of tal
for the first time. we heard the students who chanted "the night must come to an end." benghazi we heard the engineer who said, "our words are free now. it's a feeling you can't explain." those shouts of human dignity are being heard across the regionment >> bob: because a percentage of people in the cities he mentioned attacked the embassy and consulates, that reflection of obama was similar reflection by most people in the united states because they were getting rid of dictators. literally slaughtered people. today i hear people say we want to go to the good old days of slaughter and dictato dictators. >> dana: what about syria? >> bob: they should be gone. >> dana: but they fight for freedom and we don't help them. maybe behind the scenes but not well. >> eric: the jury is still out. mark levin made a comment and he said wait to see what the brotherhood and mohammed morsi, they will make mubarak look like mother teresa. we don't know. we don't know what that -- if he is going to end up being -- >> eric: call for free and -- >> bob: they opened election in egypt. they have to live with
bigger worry is what was said outside of benghazi, the egyptian government's demands. >> by calling on the united states to condemn americans who have engaged in hateful speech towards muslims and it reflects widespread unrest and skepticism and hostility towards the united states. >> reporter: senior fellow thomas henrikson says now the u.s. may be wary whether libyan leaders are invested in working together. >> we saw that in egypt, where the government will say one thing to us, and another thing in arabic to its followers. >> reporter: the attacks that killed ambassador stevens may reveal the instability of the libyan government itself. after all, he had been a friend to the rebels, supporting their fight to overthrow gadhafi. libya, plagued with political instability, compounded by extremists who hate america. >> we can't say, well, we're going to take a break for our elections. we can't say, we're going to leave it alone and walk away. we tried that back in the 1990s and we got 9/11 as a payback. >> reporter: henrikson adds that what the u.s. should be focusing on is whether li
the tragedies in benghazi and unrest in cairo. on the other hand i think they really are -- they know their only chance right now, i think, is not so much hyping economic trouble, but hyping fear of the president. >> john: uh-huh. >> and the belief that he is a muslim and he sympathizes with our attackers and all of that crap. i think that's where they are going. >> john: i think you are right, joan. i think there are some republicans and social conservatives and moderates that mitt really lost this week that no debate performance will win back. were you surprised to see the ineptness of him blaming the president -- >> in an embassy that was about to come under siege. one staffer who was probably afraid that what did happen was going to happen, was trying to -- you know say something conciliatory -- >> john: yes, i think it was actually a smart move. >> yeah. saying we're not part of that -- >> john: it was unauthorized. >> it was unauthorized. i just think campaigns make mistakes, and it was possible for mitt romney to say my campaign released something u
east as yemeni protesters storm the embassy after the killing this benghazi. >> and to qe or not to qe. the central bank looks to provide a fresh boost to the u.s. economy. >>> and asian central banks holding pat ahead of that fed decision. a very good morning to you. news that yemeni protesters have stormed the complex of the u.s. embassy in the yemeni capital today. break test tors torched a number of dip low malt tick vehicles and security forces used water cannon and warning shots in a bid to drive them out. but protesters storming u.s. embassy compound in the yemeni capital. we'll keep up to speed with reaction to that. >> futures are pointed lower. but we are potentially going to see a marginally higher open. have to take fair value into account. nasdaq pointed lower by about five points. s&p 500 just barely in positive territory as of now. we'll see how they react as we get closer to the start of the u.s. trading session. of course all eyes on the federal reserve today. cnbc ftse global 300 just barely negative this morning. european markets, all major bourses pretty much in the
in benghazi have been evacuated and a team of elite marines have been deployed to triply. the attack on the u.s. consulate was he coordinated, not like a riot. u.s. believes the attack may have been preplanned. an al qaeda video released monday called for revenge for the killing of al qaeda's number 2 earlier this year. now, he was from libya and some believe the video may have been the trigger for the go ahead for the attacks. ambassador chris stevens who you saw there and foreign service officer sean smith and three other americans were killed and three others wounded when the consulate was firebombed. president obama strongly condemned the attack and secretary of state hillary clinton stressed that the libyan government was not involved. >> a free and stable libya is still in america's interest and security. and we will not turn our back on that. >> in attack is a horrible attack. we condemn it. we strongly condemn this kind of attack. >> ambassador chris stevens lived in chevy chase when he was not on assignment. sean smith was an air force veteran and the married father of two young chil
oo the u-s consulate complex in benghazi on tuesday, pelting it with gunfire and rooket-propelled grenades. the siege ignited a fire, filling the safe room with smoke, and driving at least one person in it to the roof. in the end, four died, incluuing the u-s ambassadorr to libya, chrii stevens, who helped save bbnghazi during last year's revolution. he's the first u-s ambassador to be killed since 19-79. a life-long friend opened up about the loss. i lost someone whooactually unconditionally loved just about everybody. but i think what the world lost was a great diplomaa who was interested in peace and humanity and really understood the culture of the middle east. a senior staffer at the senate foreign relations committee was also among his friends. this was his cclling in life. he basscally said this is what he was meant to do. and he was willing to take the risk and it's so unfortunate that that risk finally overtooo him. it's tragic, but i think he died living out his life's mission. sean smith, a foreign service information management officer, was also killed. smith
and the brulal attack of the u.s. diplomats in benghazi serve that countries in the middle east have been increasingly unstable and anti-american. mr. marino: the brutal attacks also emphasize the fact that the united states cannot continue to use taxpayer dollars to bankroll countries with no conditions. we should immediately suspend all funding for those countries that refuse to meet strict conditions and be able to take adequate measures to prevent the loss of american lives. each -- egypt one of the top five countries receiving the most usaid over the past decade and president obama said he doesn't think we would consider egypt an ally. certain countries continue to serve as a safe haven for those who wish to cause harm to americans and tear down our fundamental principles of freedom and liberty. such actions merit repercussions, not a continued free flow of american tax dollars. when our nation has a debt of more than $16 trillion and people in my district in pennsylvania are struggling to find jobs to support their families, it is past time that we reconsider funding to people that
the tragic loss of life of the american consulate in benghazi. when one of our own pays the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation, we're all touched by the loss. all four of these brave americans will forever be remembered in american history as heroes. in particular i'd like to take the time to pay tribute to ambassador chris stevens, a native of northern california. although i did not know the ambassador personally, his father, senior assistant attorney general, jan stevens, ablely served our state in the california department of justice while i served as attorney general of my home state. this tragedy hits close to home with all of the employees at the california department of justice who worked with jan stevens. i wish to join them -- with them, with friends and family members of the stevens and with all americans in offering our thoughts and players as we mourn the loss of ambassador chris stevens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut rise? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to rev
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